Award for top publican

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A Northumberland publican has won a prestigious award for her work in the community.

Publican Sharon Herron, from The Keel Row in Seaton Delaval, was recognised in the Footprint awards for the work she has put in to make sure the pub is at the heart of the community.

She drives elderly care home residents to and from the pub free-of-charge in a bus, and operates a food bank that distributes items donated by local people to anyone who needs it.

Sharon’s efforts, which included raising £10,000 for cancer charity Macmillan in memory of one of her regulars, saw her named a regional winner in the Enterprise Inns Community Heroes Awards 2014.

The Keel Row was voted joint winner alongside Growing Underground, a London project that grows micro greens under the busy streets of Clapham.

Enterprise sales and marketing director James Armitage said: “Sharon thoroughly deserves this Community Vote success.

“What she does at The Keel Row is nothing short of remarkable, and is way above and beyond what’s expected of her. She’s made the pub part of the fabric of the community it’s in.”